Linden Industrial Association

            The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Our Guest Speaker will be Paula Cincotta of Cintas First Aid and Safety.


            Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast.  You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend.  Please see the Minutes of the January 16, 2018 LIA Meeting below. 


The deadline to nominate an employee for the 2018 LIA Business & Community Award is March 19, 2018.  Please see the qualifications and nomination information below.  Thank you.

Help us recognize your Employee who

has made a Civic Contribution to the City of Linden


Improved your Business Operations!

Are you proud of an individual employee who has, through his or her personal actions and initiative,


contributed to improving the City of Linden (e.g. an employee who initiated and conducted a job fair benefiting the City), or
has taken action to improve or increase the business of your Company in the City of Linden (e.g., an employee who is responsible for new safety procedures or obtaining new clients for your company)?


Nominate your exemplary Employee for the Linden Industrial Association Business & Community Award to be presented at the LIA Annual Dinner on April 19, 2018. 

A Winner will be selected by the Board of Trustees based upon the following criteria:        
- Benefit to the City of Linden
- Benefit to Member Company

- Community enhancement
Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 19, 2018. Please provide the name of your nominee, the name of your Member Company, and a description of your nominee’s contribution to the City and/or your Member Company by email to 



Calendar of Events

February 20, 2018 (Sponsored by A&M Industrial)

March 20, 2018 (Sponsored by JREZ, LLC)

Annual Dinner -- April 19, 2018

May 15, 2018 (Sponsored by Linden VFT, LLC)

June 19, 2018 (Sponsored by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery)

September 18, 2018 (Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.)

October 16, 2018 (Sponsored by Pennoni)

November 20, 2018 (Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.)


Linden Industrial Association




            A regular meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association.  The following were present:


            Joe Abrahams                                      NuStar Energy

            Paul Abramson                                    SolarKal

            Andy Bachmann                                 Linden Warehouse & Distribution

            Lois I. Bass                                         Infineum

            Anthony Battaglia                              KAD Associates

            David G. Brown, II                            Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority

            Kathleen Burke                                   A&M Industrial Supply

            Angel Cartagena                                 Batteries + Bulbs

            Wayne Cromwell                                General Magnaplate

            James K. Estabrook, Esq.                   Secretary

            Phillip Gennarelli                                Aries Energy

            Gregory Grasso                                   Linden Board of Education

            Martin Hayes                                      PSEG

            Brandon Hering                                  Linden VFT

            Frank Hetem                                       FCS Full Circle Supply

            Yaniv Kalish                                       NuStar Energy

            Paula Kopcho                                      Solar Compounds

            Bernie Kordelski                                 Total Specialties USA

            Gene Lauricella                                   Linden Bulk Transportation LLC

            June Lazaro                                         Primerica

            Alex Lospinoso                                   Linden Economic Development Corporation

            Richard Lulla                                      Mott MacDonald

            Janet Miller                                         Cox Printers

            Jerry Prevete                                       Pennoni

            Nancy P. Sadlon                                 Phillips 66 Bayway

            Joe Shanahan

            Rebecca K. Tattoli                              Office of the Mayor


Our special thanks to Bernie Kordelski, Barry Martin and Total Specialties, Inc., indabury, for their continued support of the Linden Industrial Association in sponsoring today’s breakfast meeting. A motion was duly made and seconded to approve the minutes of the membership meeting on November 21, 2017.  The motion was unanimously passed. 




President’s Report.  President Lois Bass reported on the resignations of Rose Bussiculo and Matt Kurzius from the Board of Trustees.  President Bass thanked both of them publicly before the membership for their long years of dedicated service to the Association and it was better for their participation.  They will be missed, but President Bass wished them well in their future endeavors, acknowledging that their companies will remain members of the Association.  President Bass requested the members to consider sponsorship of the breakfast meetings in May, October and November, 2018.  Infineum USA L.P. agreed to be the breakfast sponsor for May and Linden VFT agreed to be the sponsor for October, 2018.  Finally, President Bass requested the membership review the attached LIA Business and Community Award for 2018 which requests employers in the City of Linden nominate a valued employee who has displayed initiative in contributing to improving the City of Linden or increasing the business of their company in the City of Linden.  All nominations should be submitted by Monday, March 19th, one month before presentation at the Annual Dinner on April 19, 2018.


Program.  President Lois I. Bass was pleased to introduce Paul Abramson of SolarKal to speak about solar energy.  Mr. Abramson predicted that the commercial solar market will be booming over the next several years as there is an expanding interest in renewable energy.  Solar panel pricing has dropped, even though installation costs have somewhat increased.  Solar energy is being led by the big box stores which are installing solar panels in record numbers on their rooftops.  Solar energy provides a 30% - 60% savings on electric bill.  This is further enhanced by financial incentives such as a 30% tax credit for installation provided by the Federal Government and Solar Energy Renewal Certificates, which are awarded by the State and are earned as you use electricity through your solar energy system, which can be redeemed for cash.  Under the new tax law passed by the Trump Administration, you can write off the cost of a solar system in the first year after installation.  SolarKal is a broker for the purchaser.  It will work hand-in-hand with the owner of the property from first analysis through the production of an RFP for the retention of a contractor to bring the system on line.  SolarKal, however, does no residential work and is limited to the commercial and industrial market place.  Mr. Abramson congratulated the City in placing a solar field on its former landfill for distribution of electric power to industries located nearby.


President Bass was then pleased to introduce Angel Cartagena of Batteries + Bulbs, who wanted to emphasize to the membership the importance of recycling.  Batteries + Bulbs is the largest retailer of batteries in the Country, selling over 2 million batteries every week.  New Jersey requires any retailer that sells batteries to take them back for recycling and have a recycling program in place.  Batteries + Bulbs is pleased to report that it has an extensive and traceable recycling program for both items that it sells, other than alkaline batteries.  There are no component parts of an alkaline battery that can be recycled, and they are currently sent to a hazardous waste facility in Utah.  All other batteries and light bulbs are recycled.  For instance, batteries are currently sent to a recycling plant in Pennsylvania which dismantles all the component parts and utilizes approximately 90% of the materials in the making of new batteries.  Same with light bulbs.  Since 2012 incandescent bulbs can no longer be sold, but can be, nevertheless, recycled.  Likewise, fluorescent bulbs have gas and mercury in them that are toxic and they must be recycled.


Environmental, Health & Safety.  Richard Lulla reported that the State of New Jersey’s air permitting process will now be done all on line starting January 23, 2018.  Further, the State is adopting a pilot program for businesses that hold multiple permits, allowing them to make application at one time on line, in one application for one fee for all applicable permits.  The one-time fee would be $830.  The NJDEP is also changing its drinking water standards and making them stricter as to certain hazardous materials.  OSHA has announced that the Injury/Illness Forms, Form 300A, will only be accepted on line.  They will no longer accept any paper copies.  The Consumer Product Safety Council has announced that there are five plastics that must be taken out of use by all toy manufacturers.  Along the same lines, Kidde Fire Extinguishers that have a plastic handle are being recalled and replaced, so be on the lookout for that recall and you can return it to the retailer for a free replacement.


Government and Community Relations and Linden Economic Development Corporation.  LEDC Director Alex Lospinoso gave an extensive report as to the development taking place in the City of Linden

JG Scaffolding Property set is to close on January 25th with redevelopment to commence shortly thereafter
The second retail/apartment complex by the Linden Train Station of 145 units is to start construction in the spring
Park Plastics site will be getting approval for redevelopment shortly
The auto body shop at the corner of Elizabeth and Stiles Streets is going to be designated an area in need of redevelopment
The United Lacquer site is currently being worked on to convert it into a developable site
Unfortunately, the Pathmark location does not appear to be attracting any retail interest and is subject of a tax sale foreclosure
The Cantor site on Route 1 – The developer wants to put a Wawa store with fuel services on site together with restaurants and a food store
There will be a new traffic light installed at Stiles Street and Kennedy Drive
The location at 1001 East Edgar Road is to be designated for redevelopment.  This is the area next to BJ’s on Route 1
A 72-page directory for the City of Linden is about to be produced by Cox Printers
Sam’s Club closed suddenly and unexpectedly with a 172 employees being laid off with eight weeks’ severance.  Management personnel got 13 weeks’ severance.  The City is holding a Job Fair on January 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to try and help the laid off employees obtain new employment.
Walmart is expected to start construction at the Duke Property site at the end of January


            Rebecca Tattolli reported that unfortunately the liquor store inside of Sam’s Club, which was not owned by Walmart but was leased from a private owner, had just renewed his lease for a period of five years.  The liquor storeowner now occupies a small portion of an otherwise empty warehouse and is concerned his business will disappear as everyone views the Sam’s Club as a vacant site.


Membership.  Vice President June Lazaro reported that there will be another effort in the spring to visit prospective business owners to increase the membership of the Linden Industrial Association.


There being no further matters, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 a.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, 2018, sponsored by A&M Industrial.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary